Lose 7 Pounds with The Potato Chip Diet
I have done this diet several times, and I lose 7 pounds each round. It is what got me to my ideal weight for my wedding (size 12 down to size 4) in 6 months. (4 rounds)
I don’t really know who to give credit to about this diet. It came to me by word of mouth back in 2003.
I think my version is a watered down version of something else. . . which I guess just makes it My Diet, which means I can name it anything I want.
Hence the Potato Chip Diet name.
Before I go any further, just know that this diet can come with risks. Like any change of eating, you should discuss with your physician if this is safe for you to try.
How Does It Work?
This actually ties into getting rid of excess yeast in the body. It won’t help with a yeast infection, but for mild yeast irritants, it can help bring the body back into balance. . . with a few less pounds by the end of 10 days.
Yeast lives in our body, specifically Candida yeast, and it’s important to have a balance with the yeast. If the yeast grows too much, many things get out of whack for our bodies: acne, yeast infections, bloating, migraines. . . really the list goes on and on.
Yeast’s main nourishment is sugar, so the Potato Diet premise is that if you don’t eat sugar for 10 days, the yeast inside you will starve and die, helping you lose 7 pounds very quickly. Good plan.
But the Cleanse isn’t just removing normal sugar from your diet – no – it’s removing anything that gets converted to sugar. . . and Mold, I guess yeast likes mold too. . . and other yeast.
But before the Keto Diet showed up, I thought that I would literally die if I didn’t eat some carbs. (Now I know I can thrive with low carb by eating cheesecake)
Ideally the diet would also include no (or extremely little) starch.
Without the starch, a person could lose up to 10 pounds in 10 days.
But I couldn’t take it. So I added in Red potatoes and a couple of yams. It made the diet bearable, and I would consistently lose 7 pounds in 10 days.
I usually do the cleanse every 3-4 months, but shouldn’t be done more than once a month.
To make this clear. THIS IS NOT A YEAST INFECTION CLEANSE. It can help kill off an overgrowth of yeast, but it doesn’t cure a yeast infection.
Adding Potato Chips:
One time I was traveling while on the diet, and I didn’t have a chance to cook red potatoes or yams, and I started to feel weak (yeast dying off). I stopped at the store and grabbed a bag of potato chips. Not exactly in my ‘non starchy’ rule, but it was in the red potato family… and desperate times call for desperate measures.
I ate it, and I still lost 7 pounds!
And I don’t know where ya’ll are from. But here near the East Coast, there is a Potato Chip Company called UTZ, and they have THE BEST CHIPS.
BBQ, Sour Cream, or Cheddar are my favorites. . . but its probably best to stick with plain/original while doing this diet.
Good, Better, Best.
For me there is a good-better-best scale.
So if you are in the habit of eating high sugar-high, starch foods, then grabbing a bag of potato chips instead of starving yourself or feeling weak (again because of dying yeast) is good.
If you have already moved past that in your health journey, but still need energy, red potatoes and yams are your spot. Better.
If you are comfortable with no sugar,and low carbs in your life, then having no starch would be Best. (I’ve actually read some research that taking a little bit of potato starch can be good while on a yeast cleanse, because it helps feed the good yeast that you need. . . but there wasn’t enough evidence to back it up as fact.)
The biggest thing for a diet or a cleanse to be successful is how sustainable it is; and without the chips, I personally couldn’t have sustained it when I was travelling.
Alright. now lets talk about the downsides.
Yeast does not like dying. It throws a major fit when it starts to starve. That can include crazy cravings, headaches, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, extreme hunger etc. . . anything the yeast can do to get you to give in and feed it.
But it only lasts 2-3 days. Once I get past that, I actually feel fantastic and the next week just flies by.
Some tips to help get through those tough days:
Electrolytes! Here is a link to my favorite electrolyte drinks
Try to eat the food with carbs as sparingly as you can. However, those first three days, do what you need to do!
Those carb veggies are: Red Potatoes(up to 6 a day), Yams (1 every 2 days), Carrots, (and Potato Chips 2 individual bags a day in exchange for red potatoes).
Eat them till you start to feel better, then stop. The symptoms will start to show up again, so small snacks throughout the day is better than getting your fill once or twice. I try to put off my carb intake as long as possible during the day.
Make sure you eat your protein and healthy fats
This will make sure you have a more sustained energy level in the long run, and keep your hunger down.
Bonus Health Food
As you kill off the bad bacteria, get some good stuff in you.
Try to stay away from dairy probiotics. There are plenty of pills you can take, and I also recommend Water Kefir.
After the first 3 days, try to wean yourself off of the starchy veggies and replace it with more non starchy like zucchini and cauliflower.
Here is the list of what you can and cannot eat.
I Highly recommend taking:
Cayenne Pepper (capsules)
These are all thing that should help with controlling yeast and bringing your body back into balance. But if you miss out on taking them, you will still lose weight.
I thrive on consistency, so once I found something I loved, that is what I’d do.
I would make eggs (with bacon, sausage and a bit of salsa sometimes) in the morning.
Then I would bake about 5-6 (or 4-5 and add 2 bags of chips for snacks) red potatoes and 1 yam for the day.
I would buy a huge bag of frozen broccoli and a $5 fully cooked chicken from Wal-Mart.
I would gut the chicken, and separate it into 3 sections (so the chicken lasts 3 days)
My mini meals throughout the day consisted of a small red potato, 1/2 – 1 C of steamed broccoli, and a side of chicken. . . With my last dinner meal being the yam.
I would also sometimes do salads, cucumbers and bell peppers. Another dinner I like is roast with celery and red potatoes.
As the days go on, and I feel better, I replace the potatoes with fried zucchini or mashed cauliflower.
Remember to weigh yourself ‘before and after’ the ten days and come back and let me know how much you lost! Did you lose 7 pounds or more?